Amber Valletta

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Amber Valletta
Amber Valletta 2009.jpg
Valletta attending The 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards, Beverly Hills, CA, October 10, 2009
Born Amber Evangeline Valletta
(1974-02-09) February 9, 1974 (age 41)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Spouse(s) Hervé Le Bihan (1994–1996)
Chip McCaw (2003-2015)
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Green
Measurements 34-23-34 (US)
86.5-58.5-86.5 (EU)
Dress size 4 (US); 34 (EU)

Amber Evangeline Valletta (born February 9, 1974) is an American actress and model. She began her career as a fashion model, landing her first of sixteen American Vogue covers at age eighteen. She made her film debut in Drop Back Ten (2000). She then starred in the hit film Hitch (2005). She has since appeared in films such as Man About Town (2006), Dead Silence (2007), Gamer (2009), and The Spy Next Door (2010). She is also known for her role as Lydia Davis on the ABC television drama series Revenge.

Early life and modeling[edit]

Valletta was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her mother worked at the post office.[1] She attended Booker T. Washington High School. She got her start in the fashion industry when her mother enrolled her in modeling school at the age of fifteen at the Linda Layman Agency. She appeared on the cover of magazines and in advertisements for Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Versace and hosted MTV's House of Style with fellow model and friend Shalom Harlow. Valletta, along with models like Kate Moss or Shalom Harlow, was one of the most recognizable faces of the generation immediately posterior to the original supermodels. During the 1990s she appeared thirteen times on the cover of American Vogue, second only to Claudia Schiffer's sixteen.[2]

She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses".[3]

Acting career[edit]

Valletta's first role was in the comedy film Drop Back Ten (2000); Later that year, she played a supporting role in the thriller film What Lies Beneath. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and starred Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. She appeared alongside Nicolas Cage in The Family Man. In 2003, she played Celine in Danny DeVito's Duplex, starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore, and she played Meline in Raising Helen (2004), opposite Kate Hudson, Hayden Panettiere, Abigail Breslin, and Helen Mirren.

Valletta's first major film role was as Allegra Cole in Andy Tennant's Hitch. The film was released on February 11, 2005 and was a box office and critical success. She also had a role in Transporter 2, playing the mother of the kidnapped child. She appeared in the comedy The Last Time, costarring Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser. In 2007, she starred in the horror film Dead Silence as Ella Ashen. Later in 2007, she portrayed the character of Claire in Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock.

Valletta appeared as Angie in Gamer, opposite Gerard Butler. The film was released in North America on September 4, 2009. In 2010, she starred in The Spy Next Door, alongside Jackie Chan, George Lopez, and Billy Ray Cyrus; she played Chan's character's love interest, Gillian.[4]

She recently appeared in an advertisement for

In 2011, she appeared as Lydia Davis on the ABC's television drama series Revenge.[5]

Other projects[edit]

Valletta also serves as the spokesperson for Oceana's Seafood Contamination Campaign,[6] where she brings awareness of the dangers of mercury poisoning in various kinds of seafood. The decision to join Oceana's campaign was prompted by the mercury-poisoning experience of a friend and the fact that she is a mother of two.

Valletta is now a model for Marks and Spencer.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Valletta married Olympic volleyball player Chip McCaw in 2003. Together they had a son Auden born three years prior.[8][9] Amber separated from Chip in early 2015.

Valletta endorsed Democrat President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.[10]

In July 2014, Valletta spoke out about her battle with drug and alcohol addiction.[11][12]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Drop Back Ten Mindy Deal
2000 What Lies Beneath Madison Elizabeth Frank
2000 The Family Man Paula
2001 Perfume Blair
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Ms. Dingman
2003 Duplex Celine
2004 Raising Helen Martina
2005 Hitch Allegra Cole
2005 Transporter 2 Audrey Billings
2006 Man About Town Brynn Lilly Direct-to-video
2006 The Last Time Belisa
2007 Dead Silence Ella
2007 Premonition Claire
2007 My Sexiest Year Marina
2008 Days of Wrath Jane Summers
2009 Gamer Angie
2010 The Spy Next Door Gillian
2011 Girl Walks Into a Bar Camilla


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story Lorelei Shellist Television movie
2004 Lucky Sarah 1 episode
2005 Punk'd Herself 1 episode
2011–2014 Revenge Lydia Davis Recurring role, 14 episodes
2014–present Legends Sonya Odum Series regular


  1. ^ Amber Valletta Biography (1974–)
  2. ^ "Amber Valletta: The Original Waif - #TBT With Tim Blanks -". Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ Lee, Helen (April 11, 2007). "Vogue’s ‘World’s Next Top Models’ cover". Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shauna Sand Gets Estranged Hubby Arrested". Gossip Girls. November 26, 2008. Retrieved April 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ riday, September 02, 2011 ABC Television Network PRESS RELEASE - ENTERTAINMENT - REVENGE: Pilot - PREMIERE
  6. ^ Celebrity Supporters: Amber Valletta, Actress, Activist, Oceana
  7. ^ "Amber Valletta: Marks & Spencer's latest top model". Telegraph. October 2, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lopez, Molly (February 16, 2005). "Amber Valletta". People. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Bullock, Maggie (October 28, 2009). "Fashion Spotlight: Amber Valletta". Elle. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Suebsaeng, Asawin. "15 Wild Celebrity Campaign Donations From the 2012 Election". Mother Jones. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ Friedlander, Ruthie (July 10, 2014). "Amber Valletta Bravely Opens Up About Her Struggle With Addiction". Elle. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ Revitalize (July 11, 2014). "How I Live With Addiction Every Day: Amber Valletta". MindBodyGreen. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Cindy Crawford
Host of House of Style
1995–96 (co-host with Shalom Harlow)
Succeeded by
Daisy Fuentes